TEŠKO ORO

Serbian

 
PRONUNCIATION: TESH-koh OH-roh
 
TRANSLATION: Hard (or heavy) dance
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from members of the AMAN Folk Ensemble (aka, AMAN International Music and Dance Company) of Los Angeles, California, who learned this dance from Danica and Ljubica Janković, Narodne Igre, and taught it at the 1971 AMAN Institute. John Filcich taught it at the 1971 Idyllwild Folk Dance Workshop.
 
BACKGROUND: Teško Oro, also known as Deli Agus, is from the Gnjilane area of Serbia. In World War II there was a significant amount of activity in and around Gnjilane by the Partisans fighting against Nazi Germany and her allies. Monuments to these actions can still be found today. Gnjilane has also served as the regional headquarters of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), an International Police task force, since 1999.
 
MUSIC:Festival Records (45rpm) FR-4109-B
 
FORMATION:Hands grasping neighbors' belts in "X" hold, left arm over, M in one line, W in another, the two lines separated by a handkerchief. May also be seen in mixed lines of M and W with hands joined and held at shldr level in "W" pos.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 3/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: Light but controlled.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION - None.
 
 THE DANCE
 
1Facing ctr, step R swd (ct 1), step L across in front of R (ct 2), pause (ct 3),
2Step R swd (ct 1), raise L in front of R (ct 2), pause (ct 3),
3Step L bwd (ct 1), raise R in front of L (ct 2), pause (ct 3),
4Step R bwd (ct 1), raise L in front of R (ct 2), pause (ct 3),
5Step L in place (ct 1), step R in place (ct 2), step L in place (ct 3).
 
 NOTE: As steps are made in place, other heel is raised slightly, making the steps very light.
 
 VARIATION
 
1-4Repeat action of Fig I, meas 1-4,
5Step L across in front of R (ct 1), pause (cts 2,3).
 
 Repeat entire dance from beg.
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